Ori was one of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin's company who journeyed to Erebor to challenge the dragon Smaug. After the death of Smaug, Ori lived at the Lonely Mountain until he went to Moria as part of Balin's ill-fated attempt to re-take the ancient mansions of the Dwarves.
Ori's parentage is unknown, although he was a remote kinsman of Thorin and a member of the House of Durin. His birth year is also unknown. However, in Bilbo Baggins' account of the quest to Erebor, it was said that the brothers Fíli and Kíli were the youngest of the thirteen "by some fifty years" and that after Thorin had been captured, Balin was "the eldest left". Since Fíli was born in T.A. 2859 and Balin was born in 2763, this would put Ori's birth between 2809 and 2763, and he would have been between 132 and 178 years old during the quest to Erebor. Ori was a member of the House of Durin and probably lived in the Blue Mountains with Thorin after he began living there following the loss of Thráin II.
The Quest of Erebor
In T.A. 2941, Ori was one of the five Dwarves in the fourth group to arrive at Bag End. He wore a grey hood. During the evening when Thorin called for music, Ori (along with Dori and Nori) played the flute.
Expedition to Moria
When Frodo Baggins came to Rivendell he met Glóin, who delighted in telling the hobbit about the doings of the renewed dwarf-kingdom in the Lonely Mountain. But when Frodo asked about Ori, Balin, and Óin (also members of Thorin and Company), Glóin's face darkened and he said that he did not know. In fact, their fate was largely why the Dwarves had come to Rivendell at that time, to seek advice.
What had happened was that in T.A. 2989 Ori (and Óin) had followed Balin with a colony of Dwarves in an attempt to reclaim their ancient mansions of Khazad-dûm, which were already occupied by the Goblins. At first they colony did well, but less than five years later Balin was killed, the Orcs returned and took the East-gate, and Óin's group that he took west to the West-gate was destroyed except for a few.
During the War of the Ring, the Fellowship of the Ring journeyed through Moria and discovered the book that contained the records of the expedition. The last lines were written by Ori, as recognized by Gimli due to Ori's recognizable large, bold handwriting using Tengwar (Gimli also said that Ori could write well and speedily).
Portrayal in Adaptations
1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):
- Ori is played by Wilfrid Carter.
1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):
- Ori's voice is provided by Jack DeLeon.
- No actor is specified for the role of Ori.
1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):
2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):
- No actor is credited for the role of Ori.
2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- There are two dwarves that have the name Ori. Foreman Ori stands near the Silver Deep Mine in Thorin's Gate. There is also a Captain Ori that the player controls during a session play entitled "We Cannot Get Out". Since the events of the game happen after T.A. 2994 and the session play is a flashback of the fight in the Twenty-First Hall that happened during T.A. 2994, Foreman Ori must be a character created specifically for the game, while Captain Ori is Turbine's adaptation of the Ori described in Tolkien's writings.
2012-3: The Hobbit films:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Over Hill and Under Hill"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
- ↑ Chester Nathan Gould, "Dwarf-Names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion", published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol 44 (1929), issue #4, pp. 939-967
- ↑ "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 05 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
- ↑ ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76 (accessed 24 March 2011)
- ↑ LOTRO - We Cant Get Out Session play instance (video) at YouTube.com (accessed 27 May 2011)
- ↑ Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
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